Greg Skaff plumbs the depths of creative artistry and honest emotion in his guitar playing, showing himself to be among the strongest proponents of jazz music anywhere. No exaggeration. The native Kansan, whose first professional job was a five-year stay in the band of saxophone giant Stanley Turrentine, has flourished on the New York City jazz scene since the 1980s.
He has played gigs and/or recorded with past masters Ruth Brown, Freddie Hubbard, and David “Fathead” Newman as well as notables Ben Allison, Bruce Barth, Pat Bianchi, George Colligan, Orin Evans, Joe Farnsworth, David Hazeltine, Mike LeDonne, Victor Lewis, Gloria Lynne, Ralph Peterson, Jr., Jim Rotondi, E. J. Strickland, Bobby Watson and, among others, Matt Wilson.
At the helm of his acclaimed trio, Greg has commanded the attention of discriminating listeners in club and festival performances throughout the country. A few of the superior clubs he has played include the Bar Next Door, the 55 Bar, and the Iridium in Manhattan and the Artists’ Quarter in St. Paul. Overseas, the trio triumphed at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy.